November 20th, 2008
The mission of the Simmons School of Management is to educate women for power and principled leadership. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in our students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.
New Information This Week
Note from Mary D.
MBA Office Updates
This is an old quote with many variations, but one I find particularly resonates around the Thanksgiving Holiday!
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes. The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life." The golf balls are the important things- your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your education, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. (THAT’S A GOLF TERM!!) Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."
Applications are now available for the Spring 2009 Semester (February - May). Completed applications and payment are due by January 6, 2009, to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. For more information please visit:
On November 24 at noon in CR2, there will be a brown bag presentation by Erin DeCurtis, MBA ’08, who has been doing her entrepreneurship practicum in Sustainabilty at Simmons College. It should be a great hour and we invite you all to attend!!
Paula Bent, Manager of MBA Program Operations, will be covering the MBA Office once Katlyn goes out on maternity leave on Friday, November 14th. For those of you who don't know her, she currently is based in the Undergraduate Office with Nicole Catavolos and has worked in the MBA Office since Fall 2007, when the two programs merged administratively. She will be able to assist you with all of the same things that Katlyn did. You can reach her at Katlyn's extension (x3832) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have MBA Update submissions, they will go to Nicole. You can email her at email@example.com
What impact has the recent financial crisis had on graduate business students’ perspectives on MBA education and careers? Please take 10– 15 minutes to answer a survey and tell us what you think. To take the survey, click on this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=zgPEvx4uB67fLKFH9GbMmg_3d_3d or paste it in your browser. The survey is intended for MBA students only and closes November 26. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Survey respondents will have a chance to enter a raffle to win a $100 gift card from American Express.
Harvard School Of Education Student Research Conference
Network Express: Annual SOM Alumnae Networking Event
Date: Wednesday, December 3
Don’t miss this opportunity!
We invite you to attend one of the prep sessions to learn more about this event.
PREP SESSION FOR NETWORK EXPRESS EVENT:
Please RSVP to email@example.com
If you aren’t able to make it to the Prep Session for the Network Express please contact the Career Services Office at 617-521-3857 or via email.
Take a break from all the turbulence in the financial markets by meeting new friends and reconnecting with old acquaintances. Enjoy cocktails and networking in a private room at Bakey's Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of the Financial District. Bring business cards to share and be entered into a drawing for one free membership for 2009. We'll see you there! Cash bar & light hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Financial & Economic Turmoil presentation
Date: Thursday, December 4
Did you know that 80%+ of people seeking jobs ultimately secure them through some form of networking? In that spirit, the Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased to present the third edition of the Networking Profiles book.
To access the Networking Profiles book:
NEW FEATURES ON CAREER CONNECT – MonsterTrak
Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect
Recent Internship and Fellowship Postings – Visit Career Connect
Is your organization looking for smart, talented candidates? Do you have an Employee Referral Program? Tap into the amazing candidate pool right here at Simmons SOM!
INTERESTING CAREER ARTICLES
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Alumni Survey Shows Strong Support for MBA
Monday (11/24) – 8am – 8pm
The Beatley Library will be open until noon on Wednesday. Please see their posted holiday hours at http://my.simmons.edu/library/hours.shtml
Library Blog – We’re happy to report that the SOM Library blog has been chosen as one of the “Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs” by HR World. Check out the list at http://www.hrworld.com/features/top-100-management-blogs-061008/ and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at http://somlibrarian.wordpress.com/ for articles of interest to the SOM Community.